19 Reasons Why I Love My Big Fat Greek Family

Written by Kareem Yasin on May 23, 2016

1.   Mention another country, and be prepared for a lesson on what foods, words, or gods they stole from the Greeks.

stories of the old country

2.   Your grandparents’ stories from “the war” (it doesn’t matter which one). This will always give your grievances some much-needed perspective.


3.   No matter what time of day, someone will be there to feed you.

fed by family members

4.   If not, there are at least three casserole dishes of “leftovers” in the fridge.

peeking into fridge

5.   All this food is probably why your friends always just happen to be “passing by.”

kids interested in food

6.   No matter what the problem is, someone knows someone, who knows someone, who can help you out.

advice from family member

7.   Your home is immaculate because your mother started training you how to dust when you were a toddler.

playing broom guitar

8.   Whether you’re having an argument or talking in secret, every discussion occurs at the same volume.

talking loudly

9.   This is why you’ve learned to tune out what other people refer to as “shouting.”

listening to authority

10.  It’s impossible to recreate your mother’s cooking. In a Greek kitchen, a recipe is just a rough draft.


11.   It was imperative that your parents have access to every TV station in Greece, so you had satellite TV without ever even needing to ask for it.

watching tv

12.   Your parents’ home is a one-stop shop for food, Tupperware, and jugs of olive oil from “the village.”

parents’ home is a one-stop shop

13.   You make fun of your mother’s superstitions… but you don’t go anywhere without carrying an evil eye, and you have a very specific system when it comes to passing the salt at the table.


14.   No matter how fat you think you are, you are always “too skinny” in the eyes of your older relatives.

too skinny

15.   You always ate your vegetables as a child, because not doing so would be perceived as an insult to your mother’s cooking.

eating vegetables

16.   It’s easy to tease your parents. All you need are two words: “Turkish” and “coffee.”

turkish coffee

17.   If you leave the room during a discussion about sports or politics, you can do so being confident that everyone will still be yelling at each other about the exact same things whenever you choose to return.

yelling all night

18.   You can always count on your grandmother to give you the advice you truly need to hear.

advice from grandmother

19.   And you can also always count on her to get you up to speed on the soap opera of your choice, which she will narrate with as much fiery passion as she does her opinions on the Greek economy. 

soap opera
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